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All We Are Saying Is Give Women a Chance

Livni pushes for female presence in peace talks

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Tzipi Livni in August.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

After Labor politicain Einat Wilf brought the issue up, Kadima head and chief opposition leader Tzipi Livni argued that, for the benefit of peace, social advancement, and perhaps adherence to a U.N. resolution, women should be more involved in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. “It is women’s right to determine their future and that of the country,” she said, “and their power is first and foremost political. The struggle is over presence in decision-making chambers.” (Last month, contributing editor David Samuels interviewed Livni in Tablet Magazine.)

Wilf forced the issue because yesterday was the tenth anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325, which “urges Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict.” Of course, U.N. resolutions are not uncontroversial matters in Israel, and indeed the main group that pushes adherence to 1325, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, is a pacifist outfit that was highly critical of Israel’s conduct during the Gaza conflict. (The group’s prominence on the issue also meant that one article read, “Wilf did not mention WILPF.”)

Meanwhile, those looking for tea leaves into Israel’s confusing coalition politics will note Defense Minister and Labor leader Ehud Barak’s response to Livni: “Today there are no longer negotiations, and it is not unthinkable that when there are, we will add a woman,” he said. “In that case, I prefer Tzipi Livni and not [Likud MK] Tzipi Hotovely.”

‘Women Should Be More Involved in Peace Negotiations [JPost]
Labor MK Wants Women in Peace Talks [Arutz Sheva]
Related: Q&A: Tzipi Livni [Tablet Magazine]

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Ken Besig, Israel says:

Tzipi Livni has made such a fool of herself so often that almost no one takes her seriously, even her own Kadima party. Her suggestion that somehow a female presence on the Israeli side in the Palestinian Israeli peace talks will make a positive difference is naive and badly misinformed. The Palestinians of course would never have a woman on their negotiating team, partly because they take a dim view of women in general but mostly because they see women as weak and unfit for serious responsibilities. True there have been Palestinian women advisors to the Palestinian negotiators, women like Hannan Ashrawi and Umm Jihad, but their bitter, almost endless hatred for Israel and the Jewish People and their uncompromising positions towards Israel are almost more extreme than those of Hamas.
But the biggest problem of a Jewish female negotiator on the Israeli sided is that the Palestinians wouldn’t take her seriously and would tend to see the Israeli team as a whole as weak, unreliable, dishonorable, and untrustworthy. This is the Middle East, where the Arab societies are patriarchal, masculine, somewhat misogynistic, and for serious matters, run by men. Israel is an enlightened and progressive society but Israel is dealing with the Arabs who aren’t and that must be taken into account.

Ken, you must be the world best rationalizer. What a rationalization of a sexist position. The boys are not doing to well either

Huh? Livni was Chief Negotiator under Olmert!

Here’s a quote from an April 2008 ynet article:

“Those in Washington pushing for an Israeli-Palestinian deal by the end of President Bush’s term may have to scale down their expectation as the gaps between the two sides only seem to be growing larger.

A new bout of discord arose after a blowout between the Palestinian Authority’s head negotiator, Ahmed Qureia, and Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni. Qureia angrily rejected a proposed map presented by Livni in which any future agreement would see Israel retaining control of the larger settlement blocs in the West Bank as well as the Jordan River Valley and Jerusalem.

Qureia grabbed the map spread out on the table and pushed it away with both hands.”

What was her point again?

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